Bun Ho (Beef with Fine Rice Noodles)

Bun Ho (Beef with Fine Rice Noodles)

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Food plays a big role in a Vietnamese funeral. To prepare the deceased for the journey, at the wake the mouth is kept open so visitors can drop in grains of rice. Mourners bring a bowl of rice to place on top of the coffin so that by the end of the wake, there will be so much weight on top that the devil will not be able to get into the coffin. On the 49th and 100th days after the death, the family gathers to remember the deceased with a special meal; bun ho often fits the bill.

In the book Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs From Around the World learn how 75 different cultures from various countries and religions around the world use food in conjunction with death in ritualistic, symbolic, and even nutritious ways.

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4
Servings
836
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6  Ounces  rice noodles
  • clove garlic, minced
  • medium onion, sliced thin
  • inches of lemongrass root, thinly sliced
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  Tablespoons  nuoc mam (fish sauce)
  • 1  Pinch of  sugar
  • 1  Pound  sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 2  Tablespoons  peanut oil
  • 1/2  Cup  mung bean sprouts
  • 2  Cups  salad greens
  • 1/2  medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • small bunch mint leaves
  • 4  Tablespoons  chopped peanuts

Directions

Cook the rice noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, onion, lemongrass, salt, pepper, half the nuoc mam, and sugar. Mix well. Place the beef into the sauce and marinate for half an hour.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil in skillet and fry beef to desired doneness. Place a quarter of the bean sprouts, salad greens, cucumber, and mint into each of 4 individual soup bowls, and top with rice noodles. Add the cooked meat to each bowl. Drizzle remaining nuoc mam over each bowl, add chopped nuts, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
44g
63%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
116mg
39%
Carbohydrate, by difference
76g
58%
Protein
33g
72%
Vitamin A, RAE
27µg
4%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
39µg
43%
Calcium, Ca
183mg
18%
Choline, total
106mg
25%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
29µg
1%
Folate, total
48µg
12%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
80mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
582mg
83%
Selenium, Se
98µg
100%
Sodium, Na
2005mg
100%
Water
147g
5%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Bun Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Bun Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.